Headlines on April 19, 1908
Women's Altruism Shown By The Growing Custom Of Dining In Public On Easter Sunday
I spent quite a bit of time trying to understand what "altruism" had to do with dining out on Easter. I finally enlarged the picture so I could read the subtitle:
In Church or On The Avenue She Could Not Give So Much Delight To Others Who Might Wish To Examine Her New Spring Finery At Close Range And In Exhaustive Detail
Well, that sure explains it
The custom of Easter finery began in early Europe when ones finest clothing and special clothing for special occasions was considered a sign of respect.
Easter Parade, 5th Ave. New York, 1912
The New York Easter Parade began in the late 1800's as a spontaneous event that continues today.
My guess is the cars - with attached chauffeurs - are riding, as instructed, next to their owners. Should Mr. or Mrs. Weatherscoop, III tire, turn an ankle, or suffer from the vapours, they might repair to the automobile for a respite from the exhausting crowds.
Couple in their Easter Finery, 1914
Henry, this hobnail skirt is going to be the death of me yet!
Eloise, the sound of that velvet swishing with each and every one of your mincing little steps is setting my teeth on edge.
Mince, Henry? You've made me feel a bit peckish. I think I shall be altruistic and dine out with you this afternoon.
Easter 1952, Royal Oak Michigan
l-r Back, Janet, Mom (Delphine), Cynthia age 6
Front: Jim, Joe
See the white sugar egg with a little Easter scene inside in my Easter basket (second from the left)? I asked for that specifically and was delighted to find it on Easter morning. Along with the usual jelly beans you'll see a delicious nest with jelly bean "eggs" from Saunder's (yum!) and a card with jacks to play with. I don't see the ball though. It's probably already under the couch.
By the time this picture was taken we had already attended 8:00 Mass at St. Mary's and had waffles for breakfast.. I remember the basket and the dress (white with purple and aqua wheels on it) but I don't recall what we did for the rest of the day. Probably the sugar high has blurred the remainder of that Easter memory.
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Have a Blessed Easter!